Manchester City have reportedly issued a demand to Juventus over Gabriel Jesus – and it suggests they will return with a second, improved bid for Harry Kane.
Jesus, 24, scored a paltry nine goals in the Premier League last season as his struggles to make City’s No.9 berth his own continued.
A change of scenery may be required for the Brazilian to finally fulfil his potential and compatriot Danilo recently talked-up a move to Juventus.
The Serie A giants are targeting a new forward this summer amid ongoing uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, and they are ready to formalise their interest in Jesus.
That’s according to The Sun , which claims City are open to letting their striker depart for Turin – but they will demand cash up front as part of any deal.
These terms are similar to the ones laid out by Tottenham as City continue to push to sign Kane this summer.
The Sky Blues saw an opening £100million approach for the England captain rejected last month and their attempts to negotiate a deal using players have proved fruitless.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is only interested in a lump transfer fee which he could then reinvest after Kane’s departure.
As such, City made little headway as they sought to improve their initial bid by offering two players, with Jesus and Raheem Sterling two of the supposed makeweights.
Tottenham’s resolute stance regarding Kane, 27, leaves Pep Guardiola’s side scrambling to muster an eye-watering fee of up to £150million so they can meet Levy’s valuation of the striker.
But the report adds there is no concrete interest in this trio, with Kane still Guardiola’s priority target alongside Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish.
Therefore, it is no surprise the Etihad club are demanding cash up front for Jesus, as they will need their transfer war chest to be as full as possible in order to sign Kane.
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With Juventus believed to be ready to submit an offer for Jesus, City may get one step closer to pulling off what would be a record Premier League transfer.
The Turin giants, meanwhile, are on the brink of agreeing a new contract with Paulo Dybala with just 12 months remaining on the Argentine forward’s current deal.
Ronaldo’s situation is less clear, as he too has less than a year remaining on his contract and could leave for nothing less summer.